January was a very busy month in Nelson with a lot of our regular fishermen staying away from the Glenelg.
The Glenelg River Angling Club hosted a fishing competition in early January. Dion Vale from Timboon used his experience with soft plastics to claim victory over the field of 150.
Stuart McKinnon from Warrnambool, Steve Bacon, Byron Blain and Jason Orr also fished well in the poor conditions. I asked the guys about their successful techniques.
Their preferred plastics were Gulp 6” sandworms in the camouflage colour, Gulp turtleback worms and 3” Berkley Bass minnows.
Steve and Jason custom make their own jigheads, which they all use exclusively. The jigheads are called Pigs Jigs and are available on (03) 5598 3369.
The boys fished structure along the river and had most of their success in and around the boatsheds of Nelson and Donovans. The fish weren’t interested originally but the boys’ perseverance paid off and they eventually landed some nice bream. Their biggest bream came from the Holloways drain at the estuary.
The Glenelg River leg of the ABT National Bream competition will happen here on the 25 and 26 of February. It’s a great weekend here in Nelson; the guys that fish these competitions are just fantastic.
I’ll be advising the competitors to start as far down the estuary as possible before slowly working their way back up the river.
In January, mulloway catches were spasmodic. In February, I recommend fishing the river where it enters and exits South Australia between Sapling Creek and Canoe Camp. Also worth a try are Forest Camp and Pritchard’s Landing. If you call into the hotel we’ll point out the famous mulloway straight up that way.
If the river is clear then the edges of the river will fish best for all species. Target the reeds and the stony cliffs that line the mighty Glenelg. Slowly troll live baits or lures along the banks of the river.
If you’re baitfishing, use the freshest and best available to you. Make your own berley by mincing up some fish or crustacean scraps with some chicken pellets before adding tuna and or aniseed extract. If you can get small yabbies and spew worms from your own area then bring them.
If you want an information pack on the area then contact us on (08) 8738 4011 and we’ll send one out.
For bait contact Chris and Cheryl at Nelson Canoe and Boat Hire on (08) 8738 4048. Tackle is available from the Nelson Kiosk and the Nelson Roadhouse.Reads: 1996